Karl Latham’s career has spanned the globe performing, recording with and producing with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians. Karl is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing funk, rock, Latin, modern jazz, straight-ahead jazz, and avant-garde. Karl is included in the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers list and was nominated with Mark Egan and Ryan Carniaux for the BMW 2016 Welt Jazz Award. Karl is an endorsing artist for Paiste Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Big Fat Snare,AEA Microphones and RME. Karl received a B.S.S. from Ohio University and studied music performance at Rutgers University, Ohio University and Berklee College of Music, including private studies with drumming greats Gary Chester and Joe Morello.
Karl has performed Ali Ryerson; The Bernie Worrell Orchestra; Michal Urbaniak; Jerry Vivino; Andy Snitzer; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; The Shirelles; John Lee (Executive Director Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra); The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; The Fantasy Band; Claudio Roditi; Slide Hampton; Clark Terry; Yotam Silberstein; Jon Faddis; Clifford Carter;; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Howard Paul with guests Tom Scott and Jody Espina; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Dave Stryker; David Spinozza; Wolfgang Lackerschmid sub on the Broadway productions of “Bring It On” , “Hamilton”, and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”.
I work toward assisting my students, in reaching their musical goals and furthering their enjoyment of practicing and performing on the instrument, at all levels of participation. I draw upon my experiences with the great mentors I had the privilege to work with and my professional experiences to concentrate on many different facets of contemporary drumming including snare drum and drum set techniques: rock drumming, jazz drumming, funk drumming, chart reading, basics in Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and World Rhythms; classical snare drumming and rudimental snare drumming.